The 210 km section of the 701 km super expressway between Nagpur and Shelubazar (in Washim district) was slated to open for motorists on may 2. This has been done following an accidental damage to some of the precast concrete arches being fitted on an animal overpass near Nagpur.
“At the 15th km on the super expressway from Nagpur, an overpass is being constructed for wild animals to cross over. The overpass is an arch-type superstructure. The said work was to be completed by April 30. While the work on this was in its final stages, some of the precast arch-structures out of 105 have got accidentally damaged. After consulting the experts it has been decided to go ahead with a different type of superstructure (the top portion of the overpass) which will take at least one-and-half months to complete. Unless this wild animal overpass is ready, the super expressway cannot be opened for the public. Hence the proposed commissioning of the nagpur-shelubazar section has been postponed,” MSRDC PRO Tushar Ahire said in an official communique issued to the press.
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The specialty of the first 210 km section is that since it passes from between Bhor and Umred-Karhandla tiger reserves at a few locations, the animal overpass and underpasses will be used by tigers to cross over. Overall, there are 76 underpasses on the highway. Around, Rs 350 crore have been spent on creating facilities for wildlife along the road.
The 701 km expressway will also host a 250 mw solar power project while the decision to build a high speed railway along the super communication highway will be taken by the centre.
To make the road further greener, 12 lakh trees will be planted on the median as long as the expressway.
Interestingly, digging for the road construction activities has led to creation of 2,500 crore litres capacity reservoirs along the highway eventually helping the farmers in the extended summer days, he added.